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St GILES’ CATHEDRAL

St GILES’ CATHEDRAL

St Giles' Cathedral is the City Church or High Kirk of Edinburgh and the mother church of Presbyterianism. It was founded c1124, though little, if anything, of that building remains visible. Probably its most recognisable feature is its crown spire, a landmark on the Royal Mile between the Palace of Holyrood and Edinburgh Castle. Particular features include:

the Chapel of the Order of the Thistle - Scotland's chivalric company of knights, appointed by the Monarch;
a 6 foot tall statue of John Knox, leading Protestant reformer and probably St Giles' most famous minister (who was also buried in the churchyard);
a Copy of the National Covenant;
beautiful stained glass windows;
and at least 66 green men...bet you can't spot them all.

High Street
Edinburgh
Lothian
EH1 1RE
Medieval
Website of St Giles' Cathedral
Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, National Museum of Scotland
Church authorities